- John Napier (designer)
"For other people with the same name, see
John Napier (disambiguation)."
John Napier studied at
Hornsey College of Artand the Central School of Arts and Crafts, studying under notable set designer Ralph Koltai.
Napier earned a position as an Associate Designer at the
Royal Shakespeare Company. He has designed for the National Theatre, notably the production of Peter Shaffer's "Equus", " Trelawny of the Wells", " An Enemy of the People" and " Candide". John Napier has also designed for the Royal Opera House, for Glyndebourne, for the English National Operaand others. He designed " Children of Eden", " Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and " Jesus Christ Superstar" in London's West End. He reworked his original designs for "Equus" for the 2007 London production.
Napier is responsible for many of the iconic images of modern theatre, including the stark set and metal horse masks of "Equus", the roller-skating trains of "
Starlight Express", the larger-than-life cat junkyard in "Cats" and the moving barricades of "Les Misérables".
In the United States, in addition to numerous Broadway productions, he designed and co-directed the show for illusionists
Siegfried & Royat The Mirage, Las Vegas. He also designed the Captain EOvideo starring Michael Jacksonfor Disney and the Steven Spielbergfilm "Hook".
Honours and awards
Napier's design awards include Society of West End Theatre Awards ("Oliviers") for "
King Lear", "Lohengrin", and "Burning Blue". Napier has won Tony Awards for Nicholas Nickleby, "Cats", "Starlight Express", "Les Misérables" and "Sunset Boulevard". He has won Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Set Design for "Starlight Express" and "Les Misérables" as well as for Outstanding Costume Design for "Starlight Express". He has twice won The Critics' Circle Award for set design, first in 1989 for " Miss Saigon" and again in 1997 for " Peter Pan".Napier is a member of the American Academy of Achievement. He was elected Royal Designer for Industryin 1996 and is an Honorary Fellow of the London Institute.
Royal Shakespeare Company
Mother Courage and Her Children"
Once in a Lifetime
The Comedy of Errors"
Royal National Theatre
Broadway / West End
* [http://www.uktw.co.uk/dl/page.php?page=person&name=John%20Napier John Napier at UK Theatre Web]
* [http://www.reallyuseful.com/rug/shows/cats/creatives/JohnNapier.htm Napier's biography for 'Cats' (Really Useful Group)]
* [http://www.equustheplay.com/cc/john_napier.php Napier's biography for the 2007 London production of 'Equus']
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